Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime has long been regarded as one of Las Vegas premier steakhouses, opening with the Bellagio in 1998. The patio overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio is one of the top tables in town when the weather’s fair; at other times, the restaurant’s elegant dining room provides a respite from the bustling Strip just steps away. The classics are all here, but with special touches, like the fresh wasabi cocktail sauce that accompanies the shrimp cocktail or the spiced cucumber and soy-basil infusion on the cubes of hamachi.
Shellfish platters are available in two sizes. Or start with something warm, like bacon-wrapped shrimp with avocado and cherry mustard, or celeriac katsu with mustard aioli. Onion soup adorned with Gruyere and Emmenthaler cheese is a Prime classic, as is the Caesar salad. As for steaks, they’re available for one (a bone-in ribeye or soy-garlic-glazed New York strip) or two (a 36-ounce Porterhouse), and there are A5 and F1 steaks imported from Japan.